Legal Battle on the Alleged Deportation of Ambazonian Leaders Begins on March 2, 2018.
Nigerian Human rights advocate and legal icon, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has filed a suit at the Federal High Court, Abuja, to challenge the kidnap and detention of four naturalized citizens of Nigeria, initially thought to have been deported along with the President of Ambazonia and other 47 asylum seekers; Sahara Reporters, a popular Nigerian online news portal has reported.
The legal luminary is also said to have filed a suit to challenge the alleged deportation of the President of the interim government of Ambazonian and his collaborators. Hearing in both cases, gathered, has been fixed for March 2 2018.
Sources told SaharaReporters on Tuesday night that the quartet of Messrs. John Ojong Okongho, Nsoh Nalowa Bih, ThankGod Genesis and Nasiru Bah were not deported to La Republique du Cameroun with 47 others alleged to have been deported by the Nigerian authorities. They were rather transferred from military custody to Police custody at a facility in Asokoro, Abuja.
In January, Mr. Falana, as a legal representative of the allegedly deported Ambazonians and the naturalized Nigerians, wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari demanding explanations for the said deportation. He also demanded that the Federal Government should ensure the safety of the naturalized Nigerians.
The Federal Government had allegedly deported the Southern Cameroonians after being illegally held incommunicado for weeks at an undisclosed detention facility by security operatives.
They were kidnapped at Nera Hotel in Abuja where they had gathered for a meeting on 5 January. Other Ambazonian refugees had earlier been picked up and detained by Nigerian security operatives in Taraba State before they were later joined with the kidnapped leaders in Abuja and purportedly deported to Yaoundé, where they have been tagged as terrorists, and have not been seen by any body since their alleged deportation.
Mr. Falana had argued that the act by the Federal Government of Nigeria was not only wrong, but illegal both before Nigerian and international laws which Nigeria swore to protect. Worst, was their decision to have included naturalized Nigerians and registered asylum seekers among those purportedly handed to the colonial regime in Yaoundé.
What is the implications of this court case on the Ambazonian revolution? Can Nigeria be able to retrieve the allegedly deported leaders from LRC through a court injunction? Is lawyer Falana going to invoke the judgement by the same Abuja Federal High Court compelling the Nigeria government to take up the case of Southern Cameroons independence recognition before the international community?
Ambazonians shall begin getting answers to all these questions from march, 2 2018. In the main time, let Ambazonians focused on the campaign to FREE ALL KIDNAPPED and on making the homeland ungovernable for the occupier. Getting freedom from the blood sucking colonial régime should be the preoccupation of every genuine Ambazonian.
James Agbor, BaretaNews Political Analyst.